Ms. Bethany S. Ward
Bethany grew up the daughter of deeply religious parents in mid-Ohio and later spent her early adulthood raising her three children with her husband in Cleveland. In 1997, while seeking a religious home to nurture the spiritual lives of their children, Bethany found that the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland gave their family that very opportunity. To her delight, she also found that her own love of their newly adopted faith tradition would eventually blossom into a deeply rewarding career.
Office hours: Monday, 1:00-5:00 (telecommute); Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30-3:00 (in office); Thursday, by appointment; Friday, off; Saturday, by appointment; Sunday, 8:30-3:00 (in office).
216-751-2320 Ext. 29
Mr. Doug Aubin
Miss Christine Kozlevcar
Chris has been Office Manager since 1989. Prior to coming to this church she worked in the printing and graphic art field for six years. She produces the newsletter, order of service and publicity materials for committees. She is the one to call to schedule church events on the church calendar.
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30
Ms. Fern Jennings
Mrs. Kathie Kitchingham
Ms. Sarah Megenhardt
Religious Education Assistant
Sarah Garver Megenhardt was hired as our Religious Education Assistant in April 2014. She assists our D.R.E. in the running of the Sunday morning youth programs.Sarah has a BA and most of the coursework towards a Master’s in Psychology. She previously worked as Executive Director and founding Board President of the Community Hiring Hall; a non-profit temp agency designed to pay a living wage and path to permanent employment to Cleveland’s homeless and disadvantaged. Before that she served as the Community Outreach Coordinator and Branch Manager for the United Labor Agency. Sarah has been Board President and Acting Director for Hard Hatted Women, and a consultant to Lorain Community College’s Department of Workforce Development. She most recently worked with a group of volunteers to start Cleveland’s first Waldorf School which opened its doors at Coventry school last fall (2013-2014 school year).
Sarah comes from a long tradition of social justice and community action. She is passionate about many things, including educating children to become compassionate, self-reliant, connected and inquisitive adults. She believes that children thrive when provided ritual and ceremony, and that they need a sense of belonging and a firm understanding of their place nestled within the larger community. She believes that she has found such a place in The First Unitarian Church of Cleveland.
Sarah lives with her husband in Shaker Heights. Together they are raising and caring for two precocious, intelligent, and creative girls, two dogs, three chickens and a large vegetable garden.
Please contact her if you have any questions regarding our Youth Religious Education Program or to register your children.
216-751-2320 Ext. 28
Mr. Duncan Tanner, Development Director
Duncan Tanner, Jr. is in his 29th year of fundraising, serving numerous non-profits as both consultant and development director, and is pleased to be First Unitarian's director of development. He has directed numerous capital, endowment and annual campaigns, raising well over $100 million for churches, human service, cultural and educational organizations. Duncan has also led some 100 workshops, retreats and webinars on topics including strategic planning, board and volunteer organization, major gift cultivation and solicitation, and program promotion.
A single father, voracious reader, and proud – if somewhat misguided - supporter of the Cleveland Browns, Duncan lives in Akron with three sons and one very large dog.
Annual Killam Fellow
Every summer, for six weeks in July and August, the congregation hosts a student minister. S/he conducts six Sunday services, offers an adult ed course or two, does visitation, keeps office hours, and performs other duties as directed by the Parish Minister. Each Killam Fellow brings a unique perspective and style, and is a welcome, albeit temporary, addition to our staff.